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Environmental Effects Information

Government Links – Environmental Effects

Australian National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS)

NICNAS performs risk assessments on various industrial chemicals and provides information for their safe use. It created a series of Priority Existing Chemical Assessment reports as well as New Chemical Assessments, which include data on chemical properties, human and environmental hazards, toxicology, uses, and exposures.

ATSDR Toxic Substances Portal Toxicological Profiles

From CERCLA, ATSDR worked with USEPA to develop a list of hazardous substances most commonly found at facilities on the CERCLA National Priorities List (NPL) and prepare toxicological profiles for each substance included on the priority list of hazardous substances. The toxicological profiles include an examination, summary, and interpretation of available toxicological information and epidemiologic evaluations of a hazardous substance. During the development of toxicological profiles, MRLs are derived when ATSDR determines that reliable and sufficient data exist to identify the target organ(s) of effect or the most sensitive health effect(s) for a specific duration for a given route of exposure to the substance.


California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), Pesticide Data Index Database

DPR’s library of pesticide data includes more than 76,000 volumes of data containing more than 210,000 studies. Pesticide studies submitted to DPR have been indexed into a database using several different criteria. It provides information about all products containing the pesticide, including a subsection for just the active products.

California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), Product/Label Database

DPR’s Product/Label Database contains information concerning all pesticide products registered in California. It includes registrant name and address, chemical ingredients, product names, site/pest category uses, pesticidal type, formulation code, registration status, dates, and other types of information.

California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), New California Product Registrations

The New California Product Registrations is a search engine that lists pesticide products registered in California the past 12 months.

Canadian Chemical Substances

The Canadian Chemical Substances website provides updated news on chemical assessments and various legislation and risk management milestones. It also includes information about the Canadian work plan to reduce toxic substance use and publishes risk assessments on various priority substances. In particular, the Challenge provides in-depth information about batches of substances that justifies their inclusion or exclusion from the Toxic Substances list.

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

CCOHS promotes workplace health and safety and encourages attitudes and methods that will lead to improved worker physical and mental health through a wide range of products and services. These products and services have an emphasis on preventing illnesses, injuries and fatalities. There is a variety of services for specialty resources provided on a cost recovery basis and for free, including databases, publications, education, and discussion groups.

Chemical Risk Information Platform (CHRIP)

CHRIP is a database provided free of charge and managed by the Japanese National Institute and Technology and Evaluation. It provides comprehensive information on risk assessments (including toxicity, hazards, chemical/physical properties, exposures, etc.) and Japanese and international laws and regulations of chemical substances. It also includes information on biodegradation and bioconcentration of existing chemical substances. These substances can be searched by entering the number or name, by category lists, or by structure.

International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS), Chemical Safety Information from Intergovernmental Organizations (INCHEM)

IPCS INCHEM is an invaluable tool that focuses on safety and the sound management for a wide range of commercial chemicals. It consolidates current, internationally peer-reviewed chemical safety-related publications and database records from international bodies, for public access.

Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), CalEPACalifornia Wildlife Biology, Exposure Factor, and Toxicity Database (Cal/Ecotox)

The Cal/Ecotox is a compilation of physiological and ecological parameters and toxicity data for a number of California mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and fish. It was created as an information source for risk assessors conducting ecological risk assessments in California. The database is searchable by chemical or species and complete reports by species are available.

New Zealand Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Chemical Classification Information Database (CCID)

The CCID details the chemicals classified in accordance with the HSNO regulations and is an implementation of the GHS. The CCID is used by industry to classify formulated products and can be used to formulate less hazardous products by providing the classification information on potential alternative components. The CCID provides chemical identification information, hazard classifications and classification data.

Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) Restricted Substances Database of Sweden

The Restricted Substances Database is an aid to rapidly search rules on prohibitions and other restrictions on use in Sweden that apply to individual chemical substances or groups of substances in the Swedish Chemicals Agency’s area of activity. The information contained in the database is limited to the specific provisions that apply to individual chemical substances or groups of substances.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

UNEP provides a vast array of materials including a Resource Kit on Sustainable Consumption & Production, a Life Cycle Initiative, and reports on various environmental topics. The Resource Efficiency Program also recently launched the Global Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Clearinghouse, which consists of a large collection of materials revolving around SCP.

U.S. EPA Ecological Structure Activity Relationships (ECOSAR)

ECOSAR estimates a chemical’s acute (short-term) toxicity and chronic (long-term or delayed) toxicity to aquatic organisms such as fish, aquatic invertebrates, and aquatic plants using structure-activity relationships (SARs) to predict the aquatic toxicity of untested chemicals based on their structural similarity to chemicals for which aquatic studies are available. The toxicity data used to build the SARs are collected from publicly available experimental studies and confidential submissions provided to the U.S. EPA New Chemicals Program. The SARs in ECOSAR express correlations between a compound’s physicochemical properties and its toxicity within specific chemical classes. A user provides information about a chemical’s structure and the octanol/water partition coefficient to operate the model. The model is applicable to organic chemicals with a molecular weight of 1,000. ECOSAR is included as part of U.S. EPA’s EPI Suite™ but that version is not as up-to-date as the stand-alone version.

U.S. EPA PBT Profiler (Exposure Assessment)

U.S. EPA PBT Profiler (Exposure assessment) – a web-based screening tool to identify chemicals that may be persistent, bioaccumulative or toxic to aquatic life (PBT chemicals). This screening tool is available at no cost and can be used to develop pollution prevention options for chemicals that lack experimental data. The model provides estimated values for parameters used to describe persistence, bioaccumulation and aquatic toxicity and indicates which chemicals exceed specified threshold values to enable relative comparisons among chemicals.

Washington State, Children’s Safe Products Act (CSPA) Reports
CSPA Search Database:

CSPA requires a list of chemicals on which manufacturers must report, called the Reporting List of Chemicals of High Concern to Children. Chemicals on the list are toxic and have either been found in children’s products or have documented presence in human tissue (blood, breast milk, etc.); however, their presence is not necessarily indicative of risk of harm. The manufacturers’ reports are searchable by chemical, product code, or company with information about chemical concentrations.

World Health Organization Health Topics

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. The WHO Health Topics contain links to WHO projects, initiatives, activities, information products, and contacts, organized by health and development topics.

Private Sector Links – Environmental Effects

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Non Governmental Organization Links – Environmental Effects

Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)

PANNA works to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. It discusses pesticides with connections to international/non-North American sources. It provides information about alternatives and detailed information about specific active ingredients in products, especially through their Pesticide Database.

Academic Links – Environmental Effects

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